Patrick Cutrone could be set for a move back to Italy, with Bologna allegedly interesting in signing the 21-year-old on a loan deal.
The number 10 was considered a bit of a coup for the West Midlands side when he was bought in the summer, however, a number of factors have meant that he has seriously struggled to get any consistent game time, with Raul Jimenez’s form being a big part of that.
According to reports from La Repubblica (via Sport Witness), the player has settled down pretty well in England after being surprisingly ousted by his hometown club. However, despite his two Premier League goals, he is ultimately likely to be frustrated by the lack of minutes that are available in Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad.
It’s claimed that an option could open up for Cutrone with Bologna likely to offer him a chance to come back to Serie A and play regular football for half a season.
Allegedly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains Bologna’s ideal choice, however, should they be unable to convince him to come to Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, they will instead chase the ‘underemployed’ Cutrone or Everton’s Moise Kean.
So far this season, the Italian youngster has made 11 appearances in the Premier League, which, considering there has been just 16 games, isn’t too bad. It looks far worse when you consider that he has only three starts and has played just 294 minutes.
There have been rumours about him leaving the club for a few months now, with it becoming more and more apparent that he is unlikely to find away into this first team when Jimenez is fit. There were some reports before saying that Cutrone wanted a move back to Italy and there had been talks to go to Sampdoria (via PrimoCanale), however, his agent pretty much instantly quashed those rumours by saying (via SampNews24): “We’ve never thought of leaving Wolves. I don’t understand why certain news comes out. He remains in England one hundred percent.”
At 21, Cutrone is right to be demanding regular football, so there is no surprise to see him linked elsewhere. Given that Wolves are in a number of different competitions this season, they may feel like hanging onto him for the next six months is the wisest option if an injury comes around for Jimenez. Cutrone, on the other hand, may have different ideas.